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Newlands Corner

RegionSouth East
ClubGuildford Orienteers
Nearest townGuildford, Surrey
PostcodeGU4 8SE
Carpark location2.5 miles south east of Guildford on the A25. The car park is on the western side of the A25 (Shere Road) at the brow of the hill and south of the junction with Troods Lane.

Available Maps

Newlands Corner is in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is owned by the Albury Estate and managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust. It lies on the chalk ridge of the North Downs at a height of over 170m (500ft). The Downs command fine views across the Weald to the ridge of the South Downs.  There are 103 hectares (255 acres) of open chalk downland and peaceful woodlands to explore. The woodlands are mixed, with some deciduous trees like oak and birch, plus evergreen yew. Some of the yew trees are hundreds of years old.

The orienteering course is in the woods and on the open grassland.  The maps show 15 controls.  The easiest route is to take controls 1 through 8 in order and then finish.  This is white/yellow standard, on footpaths and takes a beginner about 12 - 25 minutes to complete.

To make more challenging courses some or all of the extra controls can be included.  It should be noted that controls 9 and 11 are in brambles and are for experienced orienteers only.

Anyone wishing to have a tailored course or courses in the area (eg school or youth group) should get in touch with Guildford Orienteers (contact details on our website).

Other Things to do in the Area

There is a refreshment kiosk, toilets and small children's' playground at Newlands Corner.  There is also a Visitors centre which is open during the day but not always manned. 

Silent Pool & St Martha's Hill are nearby reserves, only a couple of miles away, which are worth a visit.

Newlands Corner lies on the North Downs Way national trail.

Maps Available From

Paper maps are available at £1.50 each from Newlands Corner Visitor Centre (when manned).

Or at £1.50 plus postage by email to Guilford Orienteers.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience